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‘TN has Highest Number of Cervical Cancer Patients’

Times of India
29 November 2010
Chennai, India

Tamil Nadu has the highest number of cervical cancer patients in the country with the districts of Thiruvallur, Villupuram and Cuddalore, and Puducherry, having more than 20 cases of cervical cancer for every 1 lakh population.

‘TN has Highest Number of Cervical Cancer Patients’
Speaking at the International Conference on Clinical Practice Guidelines Oncology Dr A Nandakumar, deputy director–general, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said that coincidence of cervix and penile cancer in the states of Tamil Nadu was not along expected lines.

He spoke in detail about the incidence of cancer in the various states of India and the National Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP), which aimed at obtaining an overview of the patterns of cancer in the different parts of the country and to calculate the estimates of cancer incidence.

The broad purpose of NCRP, he said, was to develop an atlas for the whole of India. The information already available from existing population and hospital registries under the NCRP would be very important and crucial for the main objectives of the project.

"Our aim is to sustain and develop a national research data base on cancer, diabetes, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases using advances in information technology, through a national collaborative network, in order to undertake research in these areas," said Dr Nandakumar.

He also added that it was important to study the similarities and differences in patterns of cancer across the country to deal with the disease. "The 26 hospital and population–based reporting centres to the cancer registry has helped to analyse and improve cancer treatment in the country," he said.

Dr V Shantha, chairman, Cancer Institute at Adyar here, stressed on adopting an integrated multi–disciplinary approach with radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists and medical oncologists collaborating to treat the disease. "The need of the hour is to bring down the prohibitive costs of treatment and make treatment accessible to more people and keep it within manageable limits.

Incorporating a multidisciplinary approach will also ensure that palliative care is improved, which will benefit the patients," she said.

She also added that early detection and preventive care was of utmost importance as we have moved into an era of cure and prevention in cancer care. "We must strive to provide good quality of treatment along," she said.

"Nano and computer technology will allow us to deal better with cancer in future, as nano equipment can be passed through blood vessels with computable intelligence is a possibility," said Dr S Rangaswami, vice–chancellor, Sri Ramachandra University, speaking about the new developments in cancer.

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